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Jeremiah Johnson (01/31/1972), Sandersville Rd., Lexington, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00182. Charged with 1 count. Count 1 - Robbery, 2nd degree. Bond set at $50,000 cash, no contact with victim.
Gregory S. Lyons (04/04/1976), Quisenberry Ln., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00183. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Possession of controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (cocaine). Count 2 - Possession of marijuana. Bond set at $1,000 full cash, no use of drugs or alcohol, no violations of the law.
Austyn D. Thornton (09/06/1999), Columbia Ct., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00184. Charged with 5 counts. Counts 1-2 - Wanton endangerment, 1st degree. Count 3 - Trafficking in controlled substance, 3rd degree, 1st offense (20-120DU drug unspecified. Count 4 - Drug paraphernalia buy/possess. Count 5 - Possession of marijuana. Bond set at $1,000 full cash, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
David I. Cundiff (02/19/1982), College St., Buffalo, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00185. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Burglary, 3rd degree. Count 2 - Receiving stolen property under $500. Bond set at $2,500 cash, no contact with victim.
Bronte Karr (07/21/1991), N. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00186. Charged with 1 count. Count 1 - Theft by unlawful taking or disposition shoplifting $500 to under $10,000. Bond set at $2,000 full cash, no contact with complaining witness, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
Anita M. Stone (06/12/1975), Anna Ct., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00187-001. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Burglary, 3rd degree. Count 2 - TBUT or disposition shoplifting $500 to under $10,000. Bond set at $5,000 full cash, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
Brittany M. Cowan (10/03/1996), Broadline Dr., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00187-002. Charged with 1 count. Count 1 - TBUT or disposition shoplifting $500 to under $10,000. Bond set at $2,000 full cash, no contact with complaining witness, no use of drugs or alcohol, no violations of the law.
Joshua Tyler Garrett (09/09/1986), Eggers St., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00188. Charged with 3 counts. Count 1 - Burglary, 3rd degree. Count 2 - Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others under $500. Count 3 - Persistent felony offender, 2nd degree. Bond set at $30,000 cash, no contact with victim.
Tracy M. Yocom (12/18/1985), Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00189. Charged with 3 counts. Count 1 - Possession of controlled substance, 1st degree methamphetamine. Count 2 - Promoting contraband, 1st degree. Count 3 - Persistent felony offender. Bond set at $5,000 full cash, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
Jason B. Morgan (05/17/1990), Elkhorn Rd., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00190. Charged with 3 counts. Count 1 - Unlawful imprisonment, 1st degree. Count 2 - Violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO. Count 3 - Persistent felony offender. Bond set at $7,000 cash.
Jennifer L. Hicks (03/08/1989), Speck Ridge Rd., Elkhorn, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00191. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Burglary, 3rd degree. Count 2 - TBUT or disposition all others under $500. Bond set at $10,000 cash, no contact with victim.
Patric S. Gabehart (07/06/1988), Cardinal Ln., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00192. Charged with 1 count. Count 1 - Receiving stolen property under $10,000. Bond set at $10,000/10%, no contact with victim.
Todd J. Brown (03/13/1983), Purcells Ct., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00193-001. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Burglary, 2nd degree. Count 2 - Persistent felony offender, 1st degree. Bond set at $10,000 full cash, no contact with complaining witness, no violations of the law, no use of drugs or alcohol.
Wesley Brown (11/08/1980), Purcells Ct., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00193-002. Charged with 1 count. Count 1 - Burglary, 2nd degree. Bond set at $20,000 full cash, no use of drugs or alcohol, no violations of the law, no contact with complaining witness.
Coty B. Bray (12/06/1990), Wethington Ct., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00194-001. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Assault, 1st degree. Count 2 - Assault, 2nd degree. Bond set at $10,000 full cash, no contact with complaining witness.
David S. Hooper (01/16/1980), Wethington Ct., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00194-002. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Assault, 1st degree. Count 2 - Assault, 2nd degree. Bond set at $10,000 full cash, no contact with complaining witness.
Leon Lasley (06/01/1973), Handley Ave., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00195. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Knowingly exploiting adult by person>$300. Count 2 - Persistent felony offender, 1st degree. Bond set at $10,000 full cash, no contact with complaining witness.
Rhonda Dickens (12/07/1967), Melrose Dr., Campbellsville, KY Indictment No. 17-CR-00196. Charged with 2 counts. Count 1 - Knowingly exploiting adult by person>$300. Count 2 - Persistent felony offender, 1st degree. Bond set at $15,000 cash.
The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU is installing a station in Monroe County.
The site near Gamaliel is the 69th station in 67 counties for the statewide network that is the Commonwealth's official source for weather and climate data. The station is the fourth funded and supported through local partnership efforts.
"The station is strategically located on land near the Gamaliel Shooting Supply approximately two miles from the Tennessee border and will be particularly valuable in helping to provide residents of Tompkinsville and Monroe County with data from storms that are entering the county from Tennessee," said Dr. Stuart Foster, state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Climate Center and Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.
The Mesonet stations collect real-time data on temperature, precipitation, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction and transmit it to the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU every five minutes, 24 hours per day, throughout the year. The data is available online at www.kymesonet.org.
"This new station also will be a critical source of data as a complement to radar for forecasters at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Louisville when they have to determine whether to issue severe storm warnings for Monroe County," Dr. Foster said.
John Gordon, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Louisville, agreed. "The National Weather Service is delighted to have a Kentucky Mesonet station in Monroe County near where the February 2008 tornado struck," he said. "The data from the Kentucky Mesonet will be invaluable for our mission of the protection of life and property."
The 2016-2018 budget approved by the General Assembly includes $750,000 a year for the Mesonet, but Dr. Foster and others have been working to develop local partnerships across Kentucky to expand and maintain the network.
The Kentucky Mesonet and the City of Tompkinsville provided initial funding for the Monroe County station. Ongoing support for operations and maintenance will be provided by local sponsorship through the City of Tompkinsville.
"This station reflects a lengthy, but dedicated effort involving stakeholders in Tompkinsville, including Mayor Scotty Turner, to commit funding and find a desirable site for a station that will best meet the needs of local residents," Dr. Foster said.
About the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU: The statewide network includes stations in Adair, Allen, Barren, Bath, Boone, Boyle, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carroll, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Hopkins, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Lawrence, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McLean, McCreary, Meade, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pike, Rowan, Shelby, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Union and Warren counties. State Climatologist Stuart Foster is director of the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU and the Kentucky Climate Center. Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, professor of Geography and Geology, is associate director of the Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center. The project was initially funded with a $2.9 million federal grant for the Kentucky Climate Center, part of WKU's Applied Research and Technology Program. The first station was installed at the WKU Farm in May 2007. In recent years, Dr. Foster and others have been working to build a broad base of support across Kentucky to continue development and maintenance of the network. The 2016-2018 budget approved by the General Assembly includes $750,000 a year for the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.
Kentucky State Police responded to the call around 2pm Monday, after the boy wandered away with his two dogs on William Whitley Road. A helicopter joined in the search. Police say the child, who was dressed in a shirt and diaper, was found safe.
Stanford Police have arrested five juveniles on drug trafficking charges.
Several students at Lincoln County Middle School, and Fort Logan High School were found to be in possession of pills last week, which sparked the investigation. Five students are now facing charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-2nd Degree, and Trafficking within a thousand feet of a school.
An investigation by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of a Russell Springs woman Monday afternoon.
Jelena Meece, 39, was arrested in the parking lot of Sunoco on U.S. 127 and charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Methamphetamine. Meece was lodged in the Russell County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing by Deputy Evan Burton & Det. Joey Hoover.
Kelly M. Foster, 31, of Liberty, arrested by the Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
Cody A. Rainwater, 22, of Nancy, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI-1st Off, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, & a warrant for being a Fugitive from Another State.
Orland A. Bolen, 30, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), & Giving Officer False Identification.
Aaron C. Keith, 23, of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for DUI-2nd, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License, & Theft by Unlawful Taking ($10K or more).
Shawn A. Williams, 39, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Unlawful Transaction with a Minor-1st (Illegal Sex Act, Under 18), Prohibited Use of Electronic Communications to Procure a Minor for Sex.
Jonathan K. Crawford, 25, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Department for Assault-3rd Deg (Police/Probation Officer), Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Deg, Menacing, & Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Deg (on Foot).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Albany, KY (October 30, 2017) Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle injury collision on US 127, 4 miles south of Albany today around 1:51 p.m. CST.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 53 year-old Jeffery Cornett of Albany was operating a 1995 Ford Dump Truck traveling north on US127. Cornett struck the rear of a 2009 Nissan being operated by 51 year-old Sheila Turner of Livingston, TN who was attempting to make a left hand turn.
Turner and a passenger 28 year-old Corey Jackson of Livingston, TN were both transported to the Clinton County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries by Clinton County EMS. All parties were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.
Sergeant Randy Honeycutt is investigating and was assisted by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Fire and EMS.
Columbia Police Department arrest 3 on drug trafficking charges.
Officers have executed three sealed Indictments of Arrest for drug trafficking charges in Adair County. The arrests came after CPD Detective Brad Scholl initiated a drug investigation into the individuals and the possibility of them being involved in the illegal sale or distribution of controlled substances.
3o year old Joseph Harrison was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
19 year old Dakota Stotts was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
46 year old John Giles was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree, 1st offense
All three were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail . Det. Brad Scholl is continuing the investigation with more arrest forthcoming.
Columbia Police arrested a man after he broke into someone's home.
According to the police report, on Friday, October 27, 2017 Columbia Police were dispatched to a residence on Miller Avenue to a reported Burglary in Progress. Upon arrival, Officers Jordan Dean and Jamie Cole found that a door was open to the residence and the burglar had made entry into the home. A white male was found to be hiding in the back bedroom and fled when officers approached him. A short foot pursuit ensued before officers caught him and placed him in custody.
40-year-old Jessie Cross of Columbia, KY was arrested on charges of Burglary 2nd degree and Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree on foot. CPD Officer Jordan Dean is continuing the investigation .
A Taylor County man is a "Wanted Man" after escaping custody at the Hardin County Detention Center on Saturday.
46 year old William Jeffrey Glover of Elkhorn, KY was an inmate working in the kitchen area of the Hardin County Detention Center. Glover reportedly stole an employee’s car keys and fled the grounds at approx. 4:50 a.m. Saturday.
Glover is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The vehicle is a gray 2014 Toyota Camry with Kentucky license plate 264-WNK.
He was working in the kitchen during breakfast preparation and stole a set of keys from the kitchen office, Hardin County Jailer Danny Allen said. As food was being loaded to be taken to another building, Allen said officials believe Glover hid in a shed, climbed over the fence, stole an employee’s car and drove off.
Jail officials called the Elizabethtown Police Department about the incident at 5:05 a.m. and then contacted other law-enforcement agencies.
Among Glover’s charges are first-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
If you have any information regarding Glover, call local law-enforcement agencies.
A vehicle-stop just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Russell Springs man on drug charges.
R.C. Deputy Evan Burton stopped a 2000 Dodge Neon on Maple Street in Russell Springs, operated by 44-year-old John Robert Dearing. K-9 Matt alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle. A search resulted in the discovery of approximately 15 grams of “crystal meth”, some marijuana, drug paraphernalia and some pills.
Dearing was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Meth, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia and lodged in the Russell Co. Jail.
Deputy Burton & K-9 Matt were assisted by RSPD Officer Matt Parrish.
Zachary D. Daulton, 23, of Burnside, arrested by KSP for Careless Driving, DUI-1st Off, & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.
Codie A. Marcum, 25, of Nancy, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.
Lorie L. Dykes, 46, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-2nd Off, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Deg (drug unspecified), Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container-1st Off, & No Tail Lamps.
Jordan L. Miller, 25, arrested by Danville Police for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10K).
Michael A. Dragonette, 54, arrested by Danville Police for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10K), Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & Possession of Marijuana.
Hubert D. CArter, 52, Dequan L. Brown, 23, Justin P. Jones, 40, Michael S. Cruse, 46, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Unlawful Transaction w/a Minor-1st (Illegal Sex Act under 18), Prohibited Use of Computer to Procure a Minor for Sex.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On October 27, 2017 the Adair County 911 Center received a call of multiple subjects with guns in a yard on Old Pellyton East Road inColumbia, KY. Sheriff Harrison Moss, Deputy Justin Cross, ChiefDeputy Aaron Rainwater and Kentucky State Trooper's from surroundingcounties responded to the call. Upon arrival, a male subject was locatedat a neighbor’s home advising that he had been shot at and wasable to flee to safety at a nearby residence. Once at the scene of theincident at 701 Old Pellyton East Road, a firearm was located outsidethe residence and evidence that led Deputies to believe it had beendischarged.
A search warrant was obtained for the property where a large amount ofmethamphetamines, pills and marijuana were seized,along with numerous hand guns, shotguns and rifles.
Benjamin Shroyer, age 38 of Columbia, KY was arrested on active warrants.
Jeffrey Bryant, age 34 of Columbia, KY was arrested on charges of Possession ofa Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Burglary 3rd degree, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamines) and Trafficking in Marijuana lessthan five pounds.
Kenny Webb II was also arrested on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamines) and trafficking in marijuana less than five pounds.
All three were lodged in the Adair County Jail. Deputy Justin Cross is investigating the case. More charges are likely pending.
FRANKFORT, KY. (Oct. 27, 2017) – Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance plans at healthcare.gov is quickly approaching. The Health Benefit Exchange (HBE), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is working to ensure Kentuckians are prepared, informed and have the resources they need to choose a 2018 health plan.
This year’s open enrollment, which runs from November 1 until December 15, is what’s known as a passive enrollment period. Kentuckians who already have a health plan purchased on the exchange do not have to do anything for their coverage to continue in 2018. Policyholders will have the same plan for 2018 or their coverage will move from their current plan to an available 2018 option that most closely matches their current coverage.
CHFS is using a multifaceted campaign to reach current policyholders and potential new enrollees. These targeted efforts include direct mail, text messages, phone calls and emails to ensure the current 76,000 marketplace users are aware of their 2018 coverage options.
CHFS and HBE are working to make current and potential exchange customers aware of the tax credits and premium subsidies that are still available on the federal marketplace exchange, for those who qualify. Current plan holders, and those who want to view 2018 options on the exchange, can now go to healthcare.gov and use the shopping tool. For new users, the federal marketplace requires the creation of a user account and a completed online application.
About 80 percent of Kentuckians enrolled in the exchange qualify for tax credits or subsidies that reduce their monthly health insurance premiums. For most of those who quality, the credits will off-set premium increases so the cost of insurance in 2018 will be about the same. Insurance cost scenarios, calculated by HBE, are in the document attached as part of this release.
HBE is coordinating with community assisters who service every county in the Commonwealth. Assistors and HBE staff will be at more than 400 community outreach events across the state. To find an event in your area or to locate an assistor near you, simply log on to: healthbenefitexchange.ky.gov. The website also includes Kentucky specific 2018 net payment examples for all regions of the state and 2018 sample scenarios for individuals and families.
The state-based call center is available at 855-459-6328 to assist Kentuckians with questions about where to go for coverage. The call center can help prescreen for program eligibility and help with questions and information. The HealthCare.gov customer service center is also available. It can be reached by calling 800-318-2596.
The healthcare.gov call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 LIBERTY-CASEY CO. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD RECIPIENTS:
AGRICULTURE: Greg & Joyce Goode
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Dairy Mart
HEALTHCARE: Casey County Hospital
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Kristal Harne
ORGANIZATION (2-WAY TIE): Distinguished Young Women AND Forever Care
YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR: Harley Byrd
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Lee Ann McDonald
NEW BUSINESS (3-WAY TIE): 98.7 The BUCK, Casey Co. Veterinary Services AND Hardee's
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Danny Clements
FIRST RESPONDER OF THE YEAR: Chad Weddle
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: William & Nancy Shoopman
The Golden Awards Banquet was held Thursday evening at the Central KY Ag/Expo Center and a great meal was enjoyed by all (catered by Schafer's Catering). A Cake & Pie Auction was held and raffle drawings for a variety of prizes.
The Adair County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency will be participating in the Medicine Take Back Program on Saturday October 28, 2017, from 10am-2pmCT, in the parking lot at Taco Bell, 899 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY.
This would be a good opportunity to dispose of out-of-date or unused pharmacy prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.
Things NOT accepted due to a potential hazard by blood-borne pathogens are: No illegal drugs, syringes, injectable or intravenous solutions.
For more information call the Adair County Sheriff's Office during regular business hours at 270-384-2776 or visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website at Drug Disposal / Takeback - Sheriff Harrison Moss.
The Russell County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is asking citizens to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs during the National Drug Take Back Day tomorrow (October 28th) from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in front of the Russell County Middle School.
This drop-off point will give citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. No syringes.
This program aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
For more information, call the Russell County Sheriff’s Department between 8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. at 270-343-2191.
A Russell Springs man was arrested early Friday morning for trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Michael D. Larkins, Jr., age 39, of 238 Lakeway Drive was arrested shortly before 2am and charged with two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Meth.
A search of Larkins’ residence resulted in the seizure of several grams of “crystal meth”, digital scales and an illegal shotgun.
Larkins was also charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence following his arrest and with Promoting Contraband into the Russell County Jail.
The arrest was made by Det. Joey Hoover along with Sgt. Mark Cromwell of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department, Officer Jeremy West of the Russell Springs Police Department, Officer Jeremy England of the Jamestown Police Department and KSP Trooper Billy Begley.
A traffic-stop for cancelled registration plates turned into a vehicle pursuit early Thursday morning in Russell Springs.
Deputy Dustin Bunch pulled a 1991 Ford Ranger truck over on U.S. 127 at 1:52 a.m. and as he approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated the gas and took off. Deputy Bunch pursued the vehicle from U.S.127 onto Voils Road, then onto KY 619, then onto Kamden Drive where the vehicle pursuit ended when the truck crashed into a fence and trees. The driver then attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.
Shanda Marie Loy, 31, of Dunnville, was arrested on five active warrants and also charged with more than a dozen offenses relating to the pursuit including Operating on Suspended License, No Insurance, No Seat Belt, Disregarding Stop Sign, Fleeing & Evading Police, Resisting Arrest, Wanton Endangerment, Criminal Mischief, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Loy was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Deputy Bunch was assisted by RCSO Sgt. Mark Cromwell and RSPD Officers Jeremy West and Matt Parrish.
A Barren-Metcalfe County Family Court Judge who sought to recuse himself from adoption cases involving same-sex parents because of his religious beliefs has resigned.
Judge Mitchell Nance submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 16, in response to a complaint against him. Nance presided over family court cases in Barren and Metcalfe counties. Nance has waived his right to a formal hearing and requests charges that he violated judicial canons be dismissed. The Judicial Conduct Commission has not scheduled a hearing.
Mitchell Nance, judge for the 43rd Judicial Circuit's 2nd Division, which is Family Court, was first appointed to the position in 2004 after being elected in 2000 as a district court judge.
The man accused of the murder of a Pulaski County woman could face the death penalty.
Dwight Mitchell Bell is charged with murder and robbery in the death of 70-year-old Ruthie Carolyn New. Her body was found in the activity center of the Denham Street Baptist Church August 24, 2017. Bell was arrested in Tennessee for the theft of New's vehicle. He was also wanted in Indiana on a strangulation charge. Police say Bell confessed to the murder during an interrogation.
Bell was arrested in 1999 for the death of his father in Indiana. He was sentenced to several years in prison for manslaughter.
Bell has pled not guilty to the Pulaski County charges. Prosecutors say the state will seek the death penalty.
Vinson D. Whitehead, 46, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Department for Possession of Cocaine & Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Mischief-1st Deg, & Criminal Trespassing-3rd Deg.
Thomas C. Renfro, 27, of Burnside, arrested by Somerset Police for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Heroin & Drug Paraphernalia, & Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin).
Joshua A. Manning, 37 of Waynesburg, arrested by KSP, for Burglary-2nd Deg, & Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Knifley, KY (October 25, 2017) Kentucky State Police investigated a single vehicle injury collision on KY 76 near the intersection of KY 551 in Knifley today around 5:20 a.m. CST.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 43 year-old Jeremy Mann of Russell Springs was operating a 2001 Peterbilt traveling north on KY 76. Mann for an unknown reason dropped off the shoulder of the road and was unable to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway and overturned.
Mann was wearing his seat belt and was transported to the Taylor Regional Hospital by the Adair County EMS with non-life threatening injuries.
Sergeant Jason Morris is investigating and was assisted on scene Officer First Class Casey Tooley, the Adair County EMS, Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office and Knifley Volunteer Fire Department.
A bomb threat was made this afternoon (Wednesday) against the Russell County Courthouse in Jamestown, KY. Since officials were not sure if the threat was against the Courthouse or the Judicial Center, both buildings were evacuated. According to H.M. Bottom, the threat was made at approx.12:30pmCT and employees in both buildings were sent home for the remainder of the day. The Square in Jamestown was closed until approx. 3:00pmCT with traffic rerouted. Several first responders and 2 KSP bomb sniffing dogs searched the buildings and nothing was found. Several agencies responded including the Jamestown Police Dept., Russell Co. Sheriff's Office & Kentucky State Police. The investigation is continuing.
Elkhorn Road is open and traffic patterns can return to normal.
Cleanup continues on an overturned fuel tanker in the area of 6200 Elkhorn Road. This accident is expected to block the roadway between Knifley Fire Department and Eastridge Cemetery Rd for several hours today (Wednesday, October 25, 2017). Please use an alternate route.
KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement is leading the vehicle accident investigation.
UPDATE10:00amCT - Photos provided by Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner.
According to Adair County 911 services Hwy 76, Elkhorn Road in Adair County will be closed for up to several hours today (Wednesday, October 25, 2017) as a tractor-trailer hauling fuel has overturned at the 6200 block. It could take several hours for cleanup. Drivers need to take an alternate route.
Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle fatal collision on KY 61 near the intersection of KY 449, 6 miles south of Burkesville yesterday around 10:12p.m. CST.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 31 year-old Ryan Cleary of Burkesville was operating a 2011 Jeep north on KY 61. Cleary for an unknown reason crossed the centerline into the path of a 2011 Mack Semi truck and trailer being operated by 34 year-old Jordan Turner of Albany.
Cleary was transported to the Cumberland County Hospital by the Cumberland County EMS where he was pronounced dead by the Cumberland County Coroner.
Cleary and Turner were wearing their seat belts. Turner was not injured at the time of the collision.
Senior Officer Adam Davis is investigating and was assisted on scene by members of the Kentucky State Police Post 15, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management and EMS, Burkesville Police and Fire Departments.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555). Citizens can call to confidentially report impair drivers or any criminal activity. You may also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice and photo tip capabilities to report criminal behavior. The app is available for IPhone, IPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple or Google Play stores. Download the KSP mobile app by searching “KSPOLICE” in the app store and you can also follow along on twitter @KYStatePolice.
Samuel L. Baker, 18, of Eubank, arrested by KSP for Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (drug unspecified), Public Intoxication (Controlled Substance), Unlawful Transaction w/a Minor-3rd Deg.
Paul F. Hilpp II, 28, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Unlawful Transaction w/a Minor-1st (Illegal Sex Act) victim under 18.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A Taylor County man died on the scene of a crash Tuesday night on Chestnut Grove Rd in Taylor County.
According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department, 28-year-od Joshua R. Cochran was traveling west on Chestnut Grove Rd around 10:00 pm ET when the Chevy Colorado he was driving left the road just past Heritage Drive and struck a tree. Cochran was unconscious upon arrival and medical first aid was provided on scene by Taylor County EMS. Cochran was then pronounced dead by Taylor County Coroner's office.
Also assisting on scene were Taylor County Fire & Rescue, Office Bart Gilpin of Campbellsville Police. Deputy Tyler Finn is investigating.
Adair Co. Judge Exec. Michael Lee Stephens has unofficially announced that he will be running for re-election.
Judge Stephens also announced today that a 6,500 square foot grocery store (with gas) called Magic Market will be locating in the Pinewood Shopping Center on a 2 acre corner lot. The store will be larger than most other convenience stores and will offer grocery & deli items. Stephens said that finally there will be real competition for their fuel dollars.
On Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at 9:41 p.m., Jonathan Dickson of Columbia, KY was arrested on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Dickson was arrested by Deputy Joey Keith of the Adair County Sheriff's Office and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
A single vehicle accident Thursday, October 19, 2017 at approximately 12:50pm resulted in injuries to an Adair County juvenile that resulted in her being airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY.
The juvenile was operating a 2014 Chevrolet 7 miles south of Columbia on KY 55 South. The juvenile fell off the shoulder of the road and overturned numerous times before being ejected from the vehicle. The juvenile was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and air lifted to University of Kentucky for injuries sustained.
Chief Deputy Aaron Rainwater is investigating the accident and was assisted on scene by members of Adair County Fire Department.
Two people were flown to U of L Hospital Friday afternoon after a traffic crash on highway 210 in Taylor County.
According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department both Shannon Sharp and Jennifer Pierce were traveling west on 210. Sharp was driving a 2003 chevy car and was following the 2007 chevy van driven by Pierce. As the Pierce vehicle was slowing to make a left turn, Sharp attempted to pass the Pierce van and the vehicles collided. The Chevy car driven by Sharp overturned.
The rear passenger in Sharp's vehicle, Sharon Sharp, was extricated by mechanical means. She and a male juvenile passenger were flown to U of L. Jennifer Pierce and a passenger, along with Shannon Sharp were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital.
No further information was available regarding injuries at the time of the press release. Officer Branden Wilson investigated and was assisted on the scene by Taylor County Fire and E.M.S.
Carrie R. McKnight, 39, of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
Michaiel E. Dunagan, 25, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place-1st/2nd Offense, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Deg, Resisting Arrest, & Menacing.
David K. Epperson, 36, of Nancy, arrested by KSP for Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid, DUI-1st Off, No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance-1st Off, Improper Display of Registration Plates, License to be In Possession, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Menacing, & Disorderly Conduct-1st Deg.
Marshall S. Broyles, 36, of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Receiving Stolen Property (under $500), Disorderly Conduct-2nd Deg, Resisting Arrest, & Menacing.
Ronnie B. Miller, 47, of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Tampering w/Physical Evidence.
Robin F. Scott, 29, arrested by Danville Police for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, No Insurance-1st Off, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, No Registration Plates, Possession of Marijuana, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/2nd Off (Methamphetamine).
Jesse L. Rollison, 28, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Department for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/2nd Off (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
All Suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
It is against the law to do any open burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brush-land between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the Fall and Spring Forest Fire Hazard Seasons, which run from October 1 to December 15 AND from February 15 to April 30 respectively.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2017) – Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information more easily accessible.
The Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report is compiled by DPH officials and provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. The weekly report is located at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm and will be updated each Friday before noon.
Influenza cases are broken down by specific age groups and counties, the number of deaths resulting from influenza and the current influenza activity level being reported in the state. The report consists of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results, which are reportable in Kentucky. Rapid positive influenza tests are not included in this report.
DPH relies on sites such as doctors’ offices, hospitals and health departments to help track the level of influenza activity in the state and to identify which strains of the flu are circulating in Kentucky. These voluntary sites collect data and report influenza-like illness (ILI) cases according to age groups each week. This sampling represents only a small percentage of influenza cases for the state, but contributes to the ongoing assessment of flu activity in the Commonwealth and helps determine the weekly level of flu activity.
Kentucky’s current flu activity level is classified as “sporadic,” with 18 confirmed cases of flu being reported. Sporadic activity indicates that small numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases or a single laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreak have been reported, but there is no increase in cases of ILI.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals 6 months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include:
Children age 6 months through 59 months
Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season
Persons 50 years of age or older
Persons with extreme obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater)
Persons aged six months and older with chronic health problems
Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged ≤59 months (i.e., aged <5 years, particularly contacts of children aged <5 years, particularly contacts of children aged <6 months) and adults aged ≥50 years
Household contacts and caregivers or people who live with a person at high-risk for complications from the flu
Health care workers, including physicians, nurses, and other workers in inpatient and outpatient-care settings, medical emergency-response workers (e.g., paramedics and emergency medical technicians), employees of nursing home and long-term care facilities who have contact with patients or residents, and students in these professions who will have contact with patients.
Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year’s season. Only injectable influenza vaccine formulations will be distributed in the United States. Vaccination can be given any time during the flu season.
Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Flu can be very contagious. For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical provider or local health department. Influenza information is also available online at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
SOMERSET, KY — Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced today that it will award $2,750 to the Adair County Primary Center for hands-on environmental education projects during the 2017/18 school year.
The Adair County Primary Center will use the grant to create a recycling program for paper, cardboard and plastic. Each classroom will receive a recycling bin. PRIDE Club students will collect paper and plastic from each classroom daily and place it in pickup collection bins outside the school. They will also gather litter from the school campus.
Overall, PRIDE will award $119,155 to educators across 41 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky through the PRIDE Environmental Education Grant Program, which was made possible by a grant to PRIDE from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Educators applied for the grants, and PRIDE selected the grant recipients through a competitive review process. The grant projects may begin after recipients complete a training webinar later this month.
The grants can be used for a variety of educational activities that help students appreciate and care for the environment and to serve their community.
“I want to congratulate the grant recipients and thank the educators who are leading these projects,” said Tammie Wilson, PRIDE President and Chief Executive Officer.
“You are making a difference by opening our students’ eyes, hearts, and minds to caring for our region’s incredible natural resources. You also are helping your students grow academically through hands-on activities that allow them to practice key skills, such as math and problem-solving. Environmental education really is a great investment for students and our region.”
Promoting environmental education is a key mission for PRIDE, which is a nonprofit organization. PRIDE contributes to the economic and cultural growth of southern and eastern Kentucky by improving water quality, cleaning up solid waste problems, and advancing environmental education, in order to improve living conditions for its residents while enhancing the potential for tourism industry growth in the region.
Since 1997, PRIDE has awarded 1,609 Environmental Education Grants that impacted 892,834 students across the region. Schools have used PRIDE funds for a wide variety of activities, such as building outdoor classrooms, nature trails, wetlands, and greenhouses.
For a complete list of 2017/18 grant recipients, please visit www.kypride.org.
Robert L. New, 38, of Bronston, KY arrested by KSP for DUI-1st off, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, & Failure to Appear Citation for Misdemeanor.
Erik R. Foster, 37, of Somerset, KY arrested by KSP for Reckless Driving, Failure to Wear Seatbelts, No Insurance, No Registration Receipt, Driving w/Expired Operator's License, Improper Passing, DUI-2nd (Aggravating Circumstance).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Columbia, Ky. (October 20, 2017) – Danny Butler was arrested this morning at approximately 2:00 AM CSTafter surrendering himself to the Larue County jail.
Columbia, Ky. (October 19, 2017) – Investigators from Post 15 are currently attempting to locate 71-year-old Danny Butler, of Louisville, KY in reference to a Felony Extradition Authorization issued in conjunction with an indictment warrant given by the Larue County Grand Jury on October 16, 2017. The warrant charges Butler with 2 counts of Theft by Deception over $10,000 and less than $1,000,000: a class C felony. These charges are the result of an ongoing investigation into Butler's private law practice.
Butler is a 5'10", 170 lb., white male with hazel eyes and gray hair. He last resided in the area of Grand Trevi Drive of Louisville.
State Police are asking for the publics help in locating Butler and they are encouraged to call KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555) if they have any potential information regarding his whereabouts. Detective BJ Burton is invesgating.
A 17-year-old Green Co. High School student was detained Thursday on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Class D Felony) Abuse of a Teacher (Class A Misdemeanor). Subsequent to consulting with the Court Designated Worker (CDW), the CDW advised to release the juvenil to his parent, so he was released.
An investigation by Sgt. Mark Cromwell and Det. Joey Hoover has led to the arrest of a Russell Springs man on Rape and Sodomy charges.
Billy Joe Bennett, 40, of McQueary Road, was arrested at the Russell County Sheriff’s Department just before noon Thursday and charged with Rape 1st Degree and Sodomy 1st Degree after admitting he had sexual intercourse with a female under 12 years of age.
The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are forthcoming.
Bennett was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Multiple officers from both the Campbellsville Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff's Office have apprehended escapee Shawn Cochran, 25, of Louisville, KY. Officials say Cochran escaped from Green County Transportation officers Monday, October 16, 2017. Cochran was arrested this afternoon at approx. 12:45pmET at the Lucky Vista motel on South Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville. Additional charges include: Theft of Identity of another Without Consent and Giving an Officer a False Name or Address. Cochran is currently lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
The following story is from someone who was at a Metcalfe Co. church when the following event occurred. This person submitted the info. to the Metcalfe Co. Chamber of Commerce, who passed it along to 92.7 the WAVE.
Last Sunday morning, Oct. 15, 2017 in the middle of a church service in Metcalfe County, a man walked in and made his way to the front of the congregation. At first, he sat down, but quickly stood up and shouted that he was possessed by demons. His appearance and the wild look in his eyes was that of someone on drugs. A couple of men escorted him outside and eventually the situation was resolved. The man is now in jail but will most certainly be released because his jail record shows this repeat pattern. The man has been arrested for theft and drugs, released and repeat.
The person submitting the information does not what his name or church mentioned in fear of retaliation. The reason they are sharing is because: the world we live in is dangerous, and to keep our loved ones safe we have to be diligent. The church is now taking precautions to assure that if something like this happens again, they will be better prepared and not caught off guard. Every church should have a safety plan in place should something happen.
Greensburg police are seeking the public's help in finding a missing teen.
Kudejah Whitley, age 17, went missing from her home last Thursday, Oct. 12 and was located by Campbellsville Police on Friday morning. She was returned to her mother at that time; however, Kudejah left home again later Friday afternoon; and was reported missing by her mother.
Kudejah is 5'2" tall, weighs 130 lbs, has a light brown complexion, and shoulder length brown hair. Kudejah may be en-route to Georgia. Kudejah did not leave her home in a vehicle.
If you have any information, please contact Greensburg Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 the Taylor County Sheriff's Office conducted a sting operation in reference to stolen guns from Big Al's Gun Shop on Fairview Road in Campbellsville. During this operation, a vehicle was stopped on West Main Street and three of the stolen guns were recovered. At approx. 7:52pmET, Deputies were able to set up an undercover buy of more stolen guns at the Smith Ridge boat ramp. At that time, four more firearms were recovered and Erik Sanders of Columbia, KY was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary 1st Degree. After speaking with Sanders, the investigation led officers to Adair County where nine more stolen firearms were recovered. Sanders was lodged in the Taylor Co. Detention Center on the charge of Burglary 1st degree.
This case continues to be under investigation. The Taylor County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Campbellsville Police Dept. for their assistance in Taylor County, and the Adair County Sheriff's Office along with KSP Trooper Jonathan Houk for their assistance in Adair County.
Gov. Matt Bevin today (10/18/17) appointmented three people to the Kentucky Housing Corp. Board of Directors including Lisa Mann of Russell Springs, KY.
Lisa Mann is executive director for Lake Cumberland Housing Agency, Inc. She will represent the interests of the homeless and serve for a term expiring October 30, 2020.
The Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, was created by the General Assembly to provide affordable housing opportunities. As a self-supporting, public corporation, Kentucky Housing offers lower-than-market rate home mortgages, housing production financing, homeownership education/counseling, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and supportive housing programs for special needs populations.
Judge Gary D. Robertson proclaimed Safe Schools Week in Russell County.
The observance of Safe Schools Week encourages students, parents, educators, and the community to make a personal commitment to get involved in school safety issues highlighting bullying prevention activities themed as "Get Involved and Get It Solved" to promote safe and secure learning climates.
Columbia Police arrested an Adair County man on Monday, October 16, 2017 after an investigation led to an indoor marijuana growing operation.
A search warrant was executed at a residence off KY 704 on Hadley Church Rd. Officer Josh Brockman obtained the search warrant after concluding a drug investigation that led him to the residence where the operation was based. As a result of the the search, over 200 plants of marijuana were seized and over 10 lbs of processed marijuana was found on the property which included an indoor grow, outside grow and multiple buildings used for drying and processing. The street value of all illegal drugs seized exceeds $150,000.
James Dale Boyd, 52, of Columbia, KY was arrested on charges of Trafficking in Marijuana over 5 lbs., Cultivating Marijuana over 5 plants and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Boyd was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
CPD Ofc Josh Brockman is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Chief Jason Cross, Sgt Gary Roy, Ofc Jamie Cole, Russell County Sheriffs K-9 Deputy Ethan Pike and Adair County Emergency Management.
This Thursday, on October 19, 2017 at 10:19 AM, more than 2.6 million people across 14 states will take part in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The regional ShakeOut drill is part of an international effort in which participants simultaneously practice how to stay safe during an earthquake — “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. For most people, in most situations, this means to:
- DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees;
- COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand, as you crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk;
- HOLD ON to your shelter with one hand until shaking stops (remain on your knees and covering your head and neck with your other arm and hand).
Schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households are all encouraged to participate in the drill.
The central and eastern U.S. is home to several active faults, including the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which produced three of the largest earthquakes ever felt in the continental United States in 1811-12. Scientists estimate that there is a 25-40% probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within any 50 year window of time. Michael E. Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management stated, “Kentucky has 25 counties in western Kentucky that would be primarily impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone event. It is imperative for the safety of our citizens that everyone be aware and know what to do should an earthquake occur. We continually exercise with our local, state, federal and private sector partners to ensure we are ready and prepared to respond.”
Although the primary activity of the ShakeOut is based upon a drill procedure similar to a fire or tornado drill, participants are encouraged to take actions to become better prepared for all disasters. This could include:
- Securing heavy items to prevent them from causing injuries during an earthquake
- Creating an emergency plan and/or updating emergency supply kits
- Talking with their families and neighbors about emergency preparedness
Interested citizens, schools, communities, businesses, etc. are invited to visit www.shakeout.org to register to participate in the drill. On the website, many resources are available for participants to use during their drills including drill manuals, videos, audio drill broadcasts, earthquake scenarios, and more.
Great ShakeOut activities are being coordinated by Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and dozens of other partners. ShakeOut is coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center in Los Angeles, California.
Greensburg Police made a couple of arrests over the weekend.
According to reports, Bobby Wright, 53 of Greensburg, KY was arrested by Officer Matney on a Green County Indictment Warrant charging him with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a school, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree, Possesion of Legend Drug and Prescription Drugs not in Proper Container.
George Campbell, 43 of Campbellsville, KY was arrested after a traffic stop in regard to a reckless operation complaint. Officer Rogers arrested Campbell on a Taylor County District Warrant for Failure to Appear on Theft by Deception charges.
Both were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
KSP seeks public assistance in locating escapee in Taylor County
Campbellsville, Ky. (October 16, 2017) – Troopers and local law enforcement are currently attempting to locate 25-year-old Shawn A. Cochran, of Louisville. Cochran was being transported from Green County to the Taylor County Jail when he escaped from the custody of the Green County transportation officer around the Campbellsville Taylor County water company on South Central Avenue in the limits of Campbellsville at approximately 6:20 PM EST.
Cochran is a 5'10", 200 lb., white male with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen in the vicinity of the water company wearing orange pants, a gray shirt, 1 shoe and was handcuffed with his hands in front of his body.
State Police are asking for the publics help in locating Cochran. You are encouraged to dial 911 if you have any information regarding his whereabouts. Citizens can call KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555).
Cochran also fled from police on 9/20/2017 and was charged with Burglary 1st, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking - Auto, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief and Parole violation.
Casey County fiscal court met in regular session Monday.
In general business, a member of the extension board has resigned. Rachel Cundiff has taken a teaching job with the Casey County Board of Education. Barry Stringer was nominated to fill the remainder of the term. The motion passed unanimously.
The Court set trick-or-treating hours from 5 to 8pmET on Oct. 31, 2017 (Halloween).
Casey County Judge Executive Randy Dial and County Attorney Tommy Weddle have consulted an outside attorney to research the franchise agreement proposed by Duo County Telecom, and to compare that request with other county franchise agreements. The matter will be taken up at the next fiscal court meeting.
In Road business, the paving on Gumm Lick Road is complete. A representative for Hinkle Construction says all paving in the county should be done by Friday, weather permitting.
John L. Morgan, 54, of Cookville, TN, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for DUI-1st Off, Trafficking in Marijuana-1st Off, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Linda S. Marler, 65, of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Speeding (22 mph over limit), DUI-1st Off, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, & Careless Driving.
Curtis W. Cook, 40, arrested by Danville Police for Improper Display of Registration Plates, No Moped Operator's License, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Melissa A. Ward, 29, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Improper Turning, No Moped Operator's License, Possession of Marijuana, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
Andrew W. Condit, 27, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-1st Off, & Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Failure to Render Aid.
All Suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
FRANKFORT, KY. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested on charges of fraudulently obtaining and distributing prescription drugs commonly used to treat opioid addiction.
The investigation involved the illegal distribution of over 1,000 buprenorphine tablets (buprenorphine is a prescription medication typically used for the treatment of opioid addiction) fraudulently obtained in four counties using other people’s identities. These prescriptions were discovered by investigators using the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System, “KASPER”, which is a part of the Office of Inspector General in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The investigation is on-going.
“It’s important for practitioners to know they can help prevent prescription fraud by performing periodic checks of their controlled substance prescribing by reviewing a reverse KASPER,” said CHFS Inspector General Steve Davis. “Practitioners can report suspected prescription fraud to their local police department and the Office of Inspector General.”
Campbellsville resident Kori Posey, 32, was charged with multiple counts of obtaining a controlled substance without a patient/provider relationship and second and third degree drug trafficking. Additionally, 36-year-old Donald R. Thompson of Campbellsville was charged with four counts of obtaining a controlled substance without a patient/provider relationship and being a persistent felony offender.
The arrests were made following a nine-month investigation by multiple agencies. In addition to the Office of Inspector General, the investigation included the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch; the Columbia Area High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Drug Task Force; the Campbellsville Police Department; and the local Commonwealth Attorney’s office. A Taylor County grand jury delivered the indictments.
“Our KASPER program is an important and effective tool in helping providers track scheduled narcotics dispensed in Kentucky. We continue to strengthen its capabilities and identify gaps to assist providers making decisions about patient care and combatting abuse, misuse and diversion,” concluded CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson.
Free disposal of electronics for Adair County residents will be held October 16-21, 2017 at the county road department located at 62 Service Drive in Columbia.
The week of October 16-21 will be electronic waste collection at the Adair County Recycling Center. While electronics are collected at other times at the recycling center, October 16-21 will have bins set up specifically to receive electronic waste. Through Eastern KY PRIDE, Adair County received grant funds dedicated to proper disposal of these electronic recyclables.
The items approved for collection include: laptop and desktop computers, LCD monitors, hard drives, modems, plug and play devices, printers, scanners, copiers, telephone equipment, fax machines, power backups and transformers, misc. office equipment, wires and cables, circuit boards, video game systems, DVD/CD/VCR players, miscellaneous home entertainment systems, small electronic household appliances, CRT monitors and CRT televisions (no white goods).
Bins will be set up for drop-off and assistance unloading will be available during regular Recycling Center hours.
For more details on the collection dates and how to plan, call 270-384-4703.
Travis L. Luttrell, 34, of Dunnville, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Brent M. Dobbs, 35, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Fleeing/Evading Police-1st/2nd Offenses (Motor Vehicle/On Foot), Wanton Endangerment-1st Deg, No Registration Plates, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, & Improper Start.
Jessica G. Willis, 30, of Burnside, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), & Possession of Marijuana.
Rebecca M. Schuler, 31, of Waynesburg, arrested by Somerset Police for Burglary-2nd Deg, & Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500.
Gary L. Phelps, 53, of Bethelridge, arrested by Somerset Police for Receiving Stolen Property, & Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500.
Amber N. Whitt, 24, of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Michael J. Nevius, 34, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Drug Unspecified), & Promoting Contraband-2nd Deg.
Richard E. Arnold, 46, arrested by Danville Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth & same-drug unspecified).
William C. Poe, 28, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Burglary-2nd Deg.
Nathan G. Morgan, 39, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument-2nd Deg.
Heidi Strahan, 54, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for No Registration Plates, No Insurance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, & Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (drug unspecified).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Kentucky's attorney general is warning about a new scam that's using his office to try and scare people into sending money over wire transfers.
Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office was contacted after a Louisville resident received what appeared to be a letter from the attorney general's office. It included an official-looking seal, a photo of the attorney general and a fake signature.
It asked for tax payment on a prize the resident allegedly won.
Beshear says the letter states the "Money Monetary Law" applies to Kentuckians receiving a lump sum payment equal to or greater than $500,000.
Beshear says there's no such law in Kentucky that requires the IRS and attorney general's office to work together to collect state income taxes for prize winnings, as the letter claims.
Columbia, Ky. (October 14, 2017) – Trooper Billy Begley is investigating a collision that occurred today at approximately 11:52 AM CST, 6 miles north of Columbia on Holmes Bend Road. 54-year-old John F. Bush, of Columbia, was operating a westbound 1981 Honda Goldwing motorcycle when he failed to properly negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck and embankment. Bush was pronounced dead at the scene.
Burkesville, Ky. (October 14, 2017) – Trooper Ricky Cross is investigating a collision that occurred on 10/13/2017 at approximately 9:05 PM CST on KY 1880 in Cumberland County. 44-year-old Paul R. Rose, of Albany, was operating a northbound 2007 Toyota pickup when she crossed the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne and struck a tree.
Mr. Rose was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital and listed in critical condition. A passenger, 52-year-old Terry P. Angel, of Albany, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tpr. Cross was assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Fire and Sheriff's Department. The investigation is ongoing.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Russell Springs City Council on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, it was announced that Huddle House is coming to Russell Springs with a projected opening date of March 1, 2018. Huddle House will be located in the old Taco Bell building in Key Village Shopping Center between Pizza Hut and Sonic. It is the 6th Huddle House in the state of Kentucky.
In other action, Mayor Selby said that property taxes will be mailed out on Monday, Oct. 16th. The Mayor went on to say that in order to receive a 2% discount, you'll need to pay your taxes by Nov. 30th, 2017.
Columbia, Ky. (October 13, 2017) – 31-year-old Reuban Sebastian Paz, of Columbia, was arrested today at 2:38 PM CST on New Concord Road, 7 miles east of Columbia. Paz is charged with the murder of his wife, 25-year-old Linda Sebastian Paz, also of New Concord Road Columbia. KSP received a call from the Adair County Sheriff's office requesting assistance at the residence at 4:20 AM CST.
The investigation revealed that the two had been involved in a domestic dispute that led to the shooting and death of Linda Sebastian. Paz. An autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner's office. Reuban Sebastian Paz was lodged in the Adair County Jail. Detective Bo Hensley is investigating.
According to Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies responded to a 911 call of a single vehicle injury accident on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at approximately 6:30 PM.
Upon arrival at the accident scene in the 2000 block of Dixie Bend Road, Deputy Cary York found William E. Fox, age 59 of Valley View Drive, Tateville, Kentucky suffering from injuries he sustained in the crash.
Preliminary investigation by Deputy York found that Mr. Fox was eastbound on Dixie Bend Road. His 1994 Ford F150 truck ran off the right shoulder, hit a pile of large rocks then crossed the road and struck several small trees. The pickup truck came to rest in a ditch on the driver's side.
Pulaski County EMS personnel treated Mr. Fox at the scene and transported him to a landing zone at Grave Hill Church. He was then airlifted to the University Of Kentucky Medical by Air Methods air ambulance service.
Sheriff's units were assisted at the scene by Volunteers from the Tateville Fire Department and the Pulaski County Rescue Squad.
The accident remains under investigation by Deputy York.
Columbia, Ky. (October 12, 2017) – 43-year-old Donald Wayne Christenberry, of Columbia, KY was arrested today (Thursday) at 4:27 AM CST on South Burkesville Road in the limits of Columbia and charged with Assault 1st degree and Assault 4th degree (domestic violence) Minor Injury. The charges stemmed from an investigation into a stabbing that occurred on an unknown area of Hwy. 206 when Christenberry allegedly stabbed 57-year-old Brent Ollery of Columbia. Ollery was taken to the TJ Sampson Hospital to be treated for a knife wound to the neck area and was then relayed by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries. The ER notified law enforcement of the incident.
Following that incident, Christenberry returned to his residence on Spring Drive in Columbia and was involved in a second altercation with 48-year-old Brenda Lucas which led to the Assault 4th charge. Christenberry was lodged in the Adair County Jail. Detective Nick Davis is investigating.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies responded to a 911 call of an injury accident one half mile out Ringgold Road at approximately10:12 AM on Thursday morning, October 12, 2017.
Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Steven Alexander found a single victim of the one vehicle accident lying in the roadway.
Preliminary investigation by Deputy Alexander found that the driver, Brooklyn Ross, age 19 of Whitley City, Kentucky was northbound on Ringgold Road when she left the roadway for unknown reasons and crashed into a ditch. She was apparently ejected from the vehicle when it left the roadway.
Ms. Ross was treated at the scene by Pulaski EMS and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where she was "hot loaded" on an Air Methods air ambulance and flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Units were assisted at the scene by Trooper Corey Jones of the Kentucky State Police and Somerset Fire Department.
The accident remains under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
A Pulaski County grandmother was accidentally shot and killed by her grandson in a tragic accident.
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck says it happened around 9pm Wednesday on KY 1003, east of Somerset. 68-year-old Eutta Phelps of Somerset, KY was a passenger in the front seat of her own vehicle. One of her grandsons and another juvenile were examining a handgun that had been left in the back seat when it accidentally discharged. Deputies say Phelps received a single gunshot wound.
Phelps was transported by ambulance to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Pulaski Co. EMS, and Fire Departments from White Lily, Mount Victory, and Shopville.
During the month of September 2017, there were 18 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There were two fatal collisions during the month of September in the Post 15 area.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 14 compared with 26 through this same period in 2016.
Statewide fatality count stands at 542 compared with 600 through this same period in 2016.
During the month of September 2017, there were 1124 citations written, 191 courtesy notices written, 1593 vehicles inspected, 691 complaints answered, 77 motorists assisted, 62 criminal cases opened and 291 criminal arrests made.
The search is on for a missing Russell County man.
33-year-old William Seth Oakes was last seen on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 around 3:00 p.m. and no one has seen him or talked to him since then. Oakes is 6'1" and weights about 375 lbs. His vehicle is a white 2003 GMC Sierra Extended Cab. The license plate number is 028-GCR.
If you have information on Seth Oakes whereabouts, please call the Russell County Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111 or any law enforcement agency.
An investigation by Deputy Ethan Pike resulted in the arrest of two persons Tuesday night for trafficking in Methamphetamine and other charges.
At 8:35 p.m., Deputy Pike stopped a vehicle on KY 619, moments after it left the Cumberland Lodge Motel in Russell Springs. 45-year-old Roger Dale Pendleton of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear in Clark District Court and for Operating on a Suspended License. An alert by K-9 Maxo led to the discovery of a small quantity of Methamphetamine and Marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
A passenger, 38-year-old Wendy Dawn McFerron of Stanford, KY was also taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
The roadside investigation led to Deputy Pike to obtain a Search Warrant for a room at the motel where Pendleton and McFerron had just been. That search resulted in the seizure of approximately 5 grams of “crystal meth” and more drug paraphernalia.
In addition to the initial charges stemming from the vehicle stop, Pendleton and McFerron were also charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree-Meth.
Both were processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
Deputy Pike was assisted by Deputy Dustin Bunch, Det. Joey Hoover and Officer Bobby Pritchard of the Russell Springs Police Department.
Christopher D. Cundiff, 37, of Dunville, arrested by Casey Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing/Evading Police 2nd Deg (Motor Vehicle, & On Foot).
Glenlee Philhower, 35, of Danville, arrested by KSP for Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Drug Unspecified).
Nicholas S. Wilburn, 38, of Junction City, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Heroin), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Deg (Motor Vehicle), & Wanton Endangerment-1st Deg.
James H. Cook, 66, of Somerset, arrested by KSP for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth).
Carion P. Costelli, 41, of Monticello, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for 3 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500 or more), 2 counts of Theft of a Firearm, Criminal Mischief-1st/3rd Deg, Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Deg (On Foot), Failure to Appear, Non Payment of Fines.
Whitney N. Denney, 33, of Russell Springs, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Dept. for Speeding 8 mph Over Limit, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked Operator's License, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Trafficking in Marijuana-1st Off.
Donald L. Rose, 29, of Science Hill, arrested by Somerset Police for Failure to Illuminate Headlights, No Registration Plates/Receipt, No Insurance-1st Off, DUI-1st Off (Agg Circum), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Notify Address Change to DOT, Contempt of Court.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A Science Hill man was arrested after fleeing from deputies who were answering a domestic disturbance call.
Just before 5pm Monday, Pulaski Co. Deputy Tim Pierce responded to a 911 call on Depot Street. Upon arrival at the residence, a man fled the scene in an SUV. A 20 minute pursuit ensued, ending in a field near Beech Grove Road. The subject then fled on foot and swam across the back waters of Fishing Creek.
Several officers joined the search that eventually ended under the Fishing Creek Bridge with the arrest of 26 year old Matthew Girdler.
A Somerset man has been arrested for Drug Trafficking following a joint operation by the Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, Kentucky State Police, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Authorities received a tip that illegal drugs were entering Pulaski County from other states. A package was tracked while in transit. Once it reached a residence in Somerset, officers recovered the package containing illegal narcotics. Officers also recovered 7.2 grams of methamphetamine from an individual outside of the residence.
Search warrants were executed on three additional residences which produced marijuana, cocaine, and weapons.
The total amount of drugs confiscated in Friday's operation was:
1. 33.5 pounds of Marijuana
2. 17.5 grams of Cocaine
3. 7.2 grams of Methamphetamine
Alberto Trujillo, age 42 of Rainbow Terrace, Somerset is charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (ver 8 oz). Additional arrests and further charges are expected.
At last night's meeting of the Casey County Board of Education, Chair Michael Turner presented the Community Champion Award to Tarter Industries.
The Board heard a detailed progress report on the old Liberty Gym renovation. The facility has numerous upgrades in design & function. The representative from Branscum Construction says the project should be completed by the end of the month.
Mr. Kevin Stephens presented Attendance awards to Liberty Elementary and Walnut Hill Elementary. Liberty Elementary was also recognized for High Attendance Day for Region 14.
Mr. Boyd Harris gave a lengthy Analysis of the latest K-PREP scores for Casey County Schools. The 2016-17 school year is a transition period away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model, to a new model, expected to take effect in the 2018-19 school year. Harris says the priorities and goals for continuos improvement will continue to focus on Increasing the Proficient percentages and Decrease the Novice numbers, closure of Achievement Gap by boosting lower performing groups, and to focus on Opportunity for all students to engage in each content area.
Mrs. Randolph gave the Financial Report. She stated the overall total cash was up $2 million dollars from last year, due to the sale of bonds. General fund cash is up nearly a half million dollars from the prior year, but down $206,000 from the prior month. General fund balance is at $3.8 million dollars. She told the Board there may be some budget cuts ahead, according to the latest plan submitted to Governor Bevin by the Education Commissioner. Randolph says the current cuts are based on a preliminary proposal and could be rejected by the Gov.
Only a couple of items on the agenda for Monday's meeting of the Liberty City Council.
The first was a 2nd Reading of an ordinance relating to the 2017 Property Tax rate which will stay the same at .219 per $100 of assessed value. The vote was unanimous to leave the tax rate unchanged.
The second item was a 1st Reading of an ordinance to repeal an amendment to the Nuisance Ordinance. Again the vote was unanimous in favor.
Councilman Doug Johnson brought up an issue concerning Mobile Businesses setting up near like-established businesses. He proposed an ordinance restricting such businesses to 2 hours or less, and not to set up within 500 feet of any similar established business. After some discussion, Johnson made a motion for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment with a 2 hour time limit, but without the proximity restriction. Councilman Andy Lawhorn posed some reservations about such an ordinance. The motion died due to no one offering to 2nd the motion.
Sgt. Mark Cromwell is investigating a burglary that occurred early Sunday morning at “The Shack”, located near the Russell-Clinton county line on U.S. 127. Store security video revealed entry was made after a large rock was used to shatter the front door window. The male perpetrator then stole two bottles of bourbon and two bottles of wine.
Anyone with any information pertaining to this burglary is encouraged to call the Russell County Sheriff’s Crime Tip-Line at 270-566-9111. CALLERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!
Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that a Whitley City man was injured in a single vehicle accident on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
At approximately 4:30 pm on Sunday, Deputy Zach Mayfield responded to a 911 call of a vehicle accident on Kentucky Highway 1642 (Slate Branch Road). Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Mayfield found a red 2004 Toyota Tacoma off the roadway in contact with a tree. The operator of the truck, Matthew W. Sargent, age 19 of Whitley City, Kentucky was suffering from leg and shoulder pain and a laceration to his face.
Mr. Sargent was treated at the scene by EMS personnel and was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Wet road conditions and speed may have contributed to the cause of the accident.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by Trooper Travis Thompson of the Kentucky State Police and volunteers of the Parkers Mill Fire Department.
On Sunday October 8, 2017 at approximately 9:25 pm, the Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle auto accident on Ky North 61 with possible injuries.
The accident occurred when 20-year-old Lesley Ferguson of Columbia operating her 2008 Pontiac failed to notice another vehicle stopped to turn into a residence just passed Milltown road on 61.The other vehicle was a 2004 Ford Focus operated by 47-year-old Pamela Flowers along with two passengers Judy Coffey and Regina French all of Columbia. Both units were traveling North on 61.
Adair County EMS responded and transported 85-year-old Regina French for possible injuries sustained. Deputy Brandon Hitch with the Adair County Sheriff's Office is the investigating officer and was assisted by Deputy Josh Durbin and Adair Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner.
A man accused of burning a dog alive was arrested over the weekend in Pulaski County.
KSP responded to the scene on Meadow View Drive in Science Hill, where Troopers found a the dog deceased. As Trooper William Cowan approached the home, 40-year-old James Calhoun came out holding a hand-gun.
Calhoun was taken into custody after commands from police to drop the weapon. He was lodged in the Pulaski County on charges of Torture of a Dog or Cat 1st Offense, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree-Police Officer, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree and Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree.
James C. Calhoun, 40, of arrested by KSP for Wanton Endangerment-1st Deg (Police Officer), Torture of a Dog or Cat-1st Off, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Deg, Menacing, & Criminal Trespassing-3rd Deg.
Ryan C. Daulton, 28, of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Drug Paraphernalia.
Charles C. Burkhart, 40, of Burnside, arrested by KSP for Receiving Stolen Property (under $10K), Persistent Felony Offender-1st, Retaliating against a Participant in the Legal Process, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Operator's License, Possesion of Marijuana, DUI-1st Off (Aggravated Circumstance), & Reckless Driving.
John D. Cross, 54, of Bronston, KY, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
Kearstin E. Cross, 21, of Bronston, arrested by KSP for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine).
Alberto Trujillo, 42, of Somerset, arrested by Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in Marijuana-1st Off.
Krista S. Tucker, 37, of Somerset, arrested by Somerset Police for Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Alejandro C. Clara, 41, arrested by Junction City Police for DUI-1st Off, No Operator's License, & Reckless Driving.
Todd. E. Boyd, 51, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threatening-3rd Deg, DUI-1st Off (Agg Circum), & Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle.
Paul A. McFerron, 22, arrested by Danville Police for Burglary-3rd Deg.
Mitchell Brown, 30, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Meth), & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
All suspects are considered Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Columbia Police arrested 2 people on theft and drug charges Wednesday.
According to the police report, officers were dispatched to Columbia Wal-Mart to a reported theft. Officers were advised that a white female wearing a black hoodie had attempted to push a shopping cart with approximately $2,100 in merchandise out the exit without paying. When approached, she left the cart and fled with 2 bags. Once on the scene, officers found the perpetrator had fled in a black 4-door car and headed east on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway. Officers were able to initiate a traffic stop. As a result, over $700 dollars in merchandise was recovered along with illegal narcotics .
Arrested were Paul Meece, 25, of Russell Springs, KY, and Sarah Nicely, 30, of Somerset, KY. Meece was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine. Nicely was charged with Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500. Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The arrests were made by CPD Officer Josh Brockman and Officer Charles Greer.
An Adair County man was arrested on multiple charges after an incident that resulted in a state agency building and staff being put on lockdown.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at approximately 12:36 pm CT, Columbia Police received credible information that a threat had been made by an individual to come onto the property of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which houses the Family Support and Protection and Permanency. The threat went on to state that the individual was going to wait and "Pick off the employees one by one as they left the building".
Columbia Police sent on-duty officers to the building, as well as deputies from the Adair County Sheriff's Office. Off-duty officers were called in to secure the building and staff. Around 1:30pm CPD Sgt Gary Roy and Sgt JR Murphy located the individual and took him into custody where he was transported to the Columbia Police Department. At 3:00pm Sgt Gary Roy secured a warrant for the arrest of Danny Jeffries, 56, of Columbia, KY and placed him under arrest. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Charges include Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree and Retaliating Against a Participant in a Legal Process. The case remains under investigation by Sgt. Gary Roy.
Columbia Police arrested an Adair County Woman after a traffic stop on Wednesday.
Officers received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 just before midnight in the Greenhills Subdivision. Officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 white Honda. As a result of the stop, 31-year-old Laura Franklin of Columbia, KY was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree. Franklin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by CPD Officers Charles Greer and Josh Brockman.
An investigation by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of a Jamestown man Thursday afternoon for trafficking in Methamphetamine and Marijuana.
Deputy Nathan Ginn & Det. Joey Hoover obtained a search warrant for the mobile home residence of Timothy D. McWhorter, age 30, located at 42 Jenny Lane off KY 1680, about three miles east of Jamestown. During the search, Deputies found a quantity of “crystal meth”, Marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
McWhorter was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, over 2 grams and Trafficking in Marijuana, less than 8 ounces.
The search was conducted by Sheriff Clete McAninch, Lt. David Cain, Det. Joey Hoover, Deputy Evan Burton & K-9 Matt, Deputy Nathan Ginn and Deputy Ethan Pike. McWhorter was processed and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
A Campbellsville man was arrested after being found naked inside a residence he broke into.
Lt. David Cain & Deputy Nathan Ginn responded to a burglary call at 8:16 a.m. Wednesday at the residence of McKee Moore, at 29 Lawless Court, off Scotts Chapel Road in Jamestown, after a cleaning service discovered the home had been broken into upon their arrival. When searching the residence for possible perpetrators, Lt. Cain & Deputy Ginn found 36-year-old Joshua Morton sleeping in a bedroom.
Morton was arrested without incident and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespassing charges.
The Rollercoaster Yard Sale is always the first full weekend in October each year. The route covers over 150 miles of some of the most scenic roads around the area that pass through many small communities – each with their own uniqueness to savor. This will be the 32ndAnnual Rollercoaster Yard Sale scheduled for October 5-7, 2017.
The Rollercoaster Yard Sale is unique in many ways. First it is the oldest and most authentic marathon yard sale in Kentucky and Tennessee. It began in an effort by Sarah Bowers to gain improvements to the “rollercoaster” of a road the original section was. Secondly, it is a destination yard sale. The route encircles the Dale Hollow Lake area – beginning and ending at any point along the route.
It’s a treasure hunter’s paradise with a wide array of finds. Unique items from years past have included covered wagons, anvils, taxidermy items, old signs and much more.The sale route covers over 150 miles through 25 communities/towns and lasts for 3 days with an abundance of yard sales, flea markets, crafts, antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, BBQ, southern food, entertainment, parks, recreation areas, historic sites, picturesque and unique small towns and their squares and so much more!
An Adair County man died in a single vehicle accident in Pulaski County late Tuesday.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, deputies responded to the scene, 9 miles west on the Cumberland Parkway shortly before 11pm Tuesday. Upon arrival, Sergeant Bryan Shepard found that 68 year old Daniel Farr of Columbia, KY had lost control of a 2008 Nissan pickup truck, veered into the median and rolled over several times.
Mr. Farr was treated by Pulaski County EMS and later pronounced dead at the scene by Pulaski County Deputy Coroner Gerald Collingsworth.
Units from the Nancy Fire Department assisted at the scene. Investigators say medical issues may have contributed to the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Began Sunday; Seasonal Restrictions on Outdoor Burning Are Back In Effect
Frankfort, Ky. (October 2, 2017) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, there are nearly 1,500 wildfires in the state of Kentucky, based on a 10-year average.
Last fall, the division responded to 520 fires that burned 52,216 acres with a timber value loss of $20,642,663. The majority of the fires occurred in November.
Wildfires in Kentucky cause damage to homes, private property, trees and landscapes. More importantly, lives are placed at risk. Not only the lives of people where the wildfires occur but also the lives of the firefighters.
Most of Kentucky’s wildfires are preventable. They are the result of human activity - arson and careless open-burning (burning of trash, debris and brush). If people start wildfires, people can prevent them.
Division Director James Wright said the most widely available fuel for wildfires in Kentucky is hardwood leaf litter. "Unlike western fires that burn on the ground and in the canopy, Kentucky’s fires usually stay on the forest floor and burn only what is already down,” Wright said. “Beginning in October, fresh new dead leaf litter begins to fall in the forest.” It is against the law to do any open burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the fall and spring forest fire hazard seasons, which run from October 1 to December 15 and from February 15 to April 30 respectively.
Compounding the risk, during the October to December fire hazard season Kentucky typically sees lower relative humidity (RH) numbers than in summer and winds become erratic due to the seasonal change. Because the humidity rises during the day and winds fall, restricting burning until after 6 p.m. during the fall and spring reduces the chances of outdoor fires escaping.
Arson is a felony offense. Last fire season, 70 people were given citations for illegal burning and 14 were arrested and charged with setting fires in the Commonwealth. The division will again be working with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) who will be assisting with law enforcement. This partnership adds extra eyes in and around the woods. All Kentuckians can help by reporting a wildland fire or an arsonist to their local law enforcement office.
Residents should call the Division of Air Quality at 1-502-782-6592 to learn about other specific regulations before burning anything.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, a tractor accident resulted in the injury of a Pulaski County man on Monday, October 2, 2017.
At approximately 6 PM on Monday, Trooper Adam Childers of the Kentucky State Police was called to 658 Highway 1674 to conduct a welfare check of a farmer whose mother reported that he had failed to return home after leaving the house earlier in the day on a tractor.
Trooper Childers and Deputy Bruce Blevins found Roland Price Jr., age 62 in a creek bed with severe head injuries. Deputy Blevins determined that Mr. Price apparently lost control of the tractor and was ejected from the tractor and landed in the creek bed causing significant head trauma.
Mr. Price was treated at the scene by Pulaski County EMS personnel and was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center by Air Methods.
Deputy Blevins and Trooper Childers were assisted at the scene by members of the Somerset Fire Department.
The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday. Judge Executive Randy Dial announced the purchase of a Grade-All machine at a recent state surplus sale in the amount of $10,700. He commented this type of equipment would normally sell for around $300,000 if new, and would be a welcome addition to our county road department.
Representatives from Duo County Telecom addressed the Fiscal Court to propose a Franchise Agreement for public rights of way as part of the Kentucky Wired program, which would bring Fiber Optic broadband service to local government offices and businesses. Judge Dial and County Attorney, Tommy Weddle, posed some questions to the Duo County group concerning future road projects, pavement excavations by the group in the event of service repairs, and the 20 year term of the agreement.
CEO Tom Preston, CFO Darrel Hammond, & Mark Henry, VP of Operations for Duo County emphasized that 90% of the project would be run on existing power poles. Also, that Duo County would pay for any excavation or relocation of their equipment. The group suggested the project would represent a $2 Million Dollar investment by their company, and would benefit Casey County in the areas of recruiting new business to our area while providing superior fiber optic service to certain areas where as now there is none. They also told the court that the project would be completed by June of 2018. The topic was tabled for further study and discussion.
In Road Department business, a ford dump truck was declared surplus property and will be up for bid in the fall consignment sale.
Due to a delay with machinery the paving operations that were set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, will now begin on Thursday, October 5th on Main Street (KY 379) in Russell Springs.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is scheduled to perform milling operations later this week on Thursday and Friday afternoon with full paving operations being performed on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th.
During these operations on street parking will be closed and the roadway will be reduced to one lane with traffic controlled by flaggers. Sidewalks will remain open.
Work will be performed during the day and nighttime hours.
Motorists should expect delays. Take an alternate route if possible.
Today (Monday), Russell County Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson declared October as Arts & Humanities Month in Russell County. The arts and humanities play a unique and intrinsically valuable role in the lives of our families and community.
Many thanks to The Star Theater, ArtWorks, The Dance Shoppe, and Russell County High School Art & Theatre Departments for enhancing our community life.
Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has died in a Los Angeles hospital. The legendary musician reportedly suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support, reports TMZ.
Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group put out several hits, including "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Breakdown," "Listen to Her Heart" and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Though Petty and his band debuted their first self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform over the past four decades. Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour. The band wrote on their website that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.
A one vehicle wreck around 9:15 a.m. Sunday claimed the life of a Russell County man.
According to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Curtis Reeder, 52, of Jamestown, KY lost control of his 1996 Dodge truck on KY 1058. The truck left the road and hit a tree. Reeder was pronounced dead at the scene by Russell County Coroner Mike Reynolds.
Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss reports his ofice responded to a single vehicle injury crash around four miles out Greensburg Road, Columbia Saturday, September 30, 2017.
41-year-old Eric Cooley of Willisburg was driving west on Greensburg Road when he ran off the left shoulder of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Cooley was transported by Adair County EMS to TJ Heath in Columbia for treatment of his injuries. Drugs are believed to be a contributing factor in the accident.
Deputy Josh Durbin is the investigating officer. Charges are pending.
Authorities in Garrad County are asking for the public's help in finding a counterfeiter.
Lancaster Police say the man has made multiple purchases using fake money at two local businesses. The words "Motion Picture Purposes" are printed on the front and back of the bills. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lancaster Police.
Joseph H. Smith, 49, arrested by Boyle Co. Sheriff's Office for Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Deg/1st Off (Methamphetamine), & Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
Brandon W. Wilson, 35, arrested by Danville Police for DUI-1st Off, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Driving on a DUI Suspended License-1st Off (Agg Circum), Failure to Register/Transfer Motor Vehicle, Contempt of Court, Failure to Appear.
Joseph E. Kelly, 42, arrested by Danville Police for Manslaughter-2nd Deg, DUI-2nd (Agg Circum).
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Adair County Fire Department responded this morning (Sunday) at 9:05 a.m. to a residential camper fire at 1076 Green Hills Road. The camper was owned by Ricky Fields and occupied by Justin Fields at the time of the fire. The camper was a total loss. Fifteen firemen were on the scene for approximately 30 minutes.